For the week of March 14th:
Interesting article in the WSJ from August 26th, Should You buy an E-Book? According to the author, Brett Arends, that depends on what you want it for. He responds to a variety of statements to assist the indecisive reader with answering this question including:
1. Casual readers probably shouldn’t bother
2. The books aren’t as cheap as they should be
3. Savvy readers read the classics anyway
4. Be aware of the potential costs of buying a Kindle
5. Be aware of the costs of the rivals.
6. And if you’re thinking of buying a book reader – wait!
I can tell that fall is in the air, nearly every article on my list this week has to do with eTextbooks. Other good ones are there too, check them out. Happy reading.
Barnes and Noble for Sale. There’s a ton of articles on this already. Here are a few:
What will become of the nook? I think this right here is a perfect example of why libraries are still skeptical of ebooks. They fear that companies will go out of business and that books purchased will either not be available (if web based) or the device they’ve invested in disappears.
CWRU Chemistry and Computer Science students will use the new Kindle to access textbooks in Fall ’09. See the full article in either the Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 6, 2009 or The WSJ, May 5, 2009. Amazon has worked a deal with publishers to load the textbook content on the Kindle, which will be “supplied” to students. Nothing in the articles about costs…
The other universities are: Pace, Princeton, Reed, Darden School at the University of Virginia, and Arizona State.
Interesting article in the WSU on eBooks, “How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write.” It focuses on more popular reading than academic sources, but brings out some interesting points about marketing, discovery, and selling pieces/parts of books.
An added FYI, when I find articles related to eBooks I bookmark them on my delicious site, which is linked to the blog. Just go to the homepage to see the recent delicious bookmarks.